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War No More

Updated on August 20, 2012

Countries as Friends

Years after the Olympics are over, we can still recall the names of the champions.

Days after we lose a war hero, how many people remember the soldier’s name?

The the first recorded Olympics was in 775 B.C. But the 1st modern Olympic games, as we know it began on April 6, 1896. The International Olympic Committee, which was formed years earlier chose Athens Greece for these athletic games. What started out as a desire of Greece to create a bond of friendship among various countries, has grown into a global peaceful competition among world nations.

Modern Olympics as We Know It

Greece hosted 12 or 13 (if you count Chile) other nations in the 1896 Olympics. (Chile claims they were in the Olympics. They may or may not have had 1 runner in the 100 meter, 400 meter, and 800 meter races, but no record of the athlete has been found in any Olympic official report). Besides, Greece and possibly Chile, the other countries competing were

Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States. In the 1900 Summer Olympics, 24 countries joined in the competitions that were held between May and October. In the 2012 Olympics 205 nations participated.

Memorial to a Fallen Hero

 Honoring a son, a brother, a friend, a classmate, a young member of the community,.a U.S. Marine who chose to serve our country.
Honoring a son, a brother, a friend, a classmate, a young member of the community,.a U.S. Marine who chose to serve our country. | Source

Our Soldiers

105 years after the Olympics as we know it started, the Afghanistan War began. On Oct 7, 2001, the United States in response to the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers in New York, and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., declared war on terror. 30 nations have joined the coalition, although many have withdrawn their troops in the years this has been going on. To this day, the war continues, making it the longest conflict in United States history.

The soldiers who serve overseas to protect our freedom make great sacrifices. Some come home with horrific injuries, many suffer post traumatic stress, and some lose their lives.

War and the Olympics

War and politics has raged throughout many of the Olympics. In 1916, the games were cancelled due to WWI.

In 1928, 1932, and 1940, the Olympic games were again suspended because of WWII.
In 1972, Palestinian terrorists killed Israeli athletes, in cold blood at the Olympic Village in Munich, Germany. They were targeted solely because of their nationality.

In 1980, 65 countries protested the Olympics in Moscow because of the Soviet Union invasion of Afghanistan. Only 80 countries competed.

In 1984, the Soviet Union and 13 other communist countries did not attend the Olympic games in Los Angeles, California.

War No More

We put Olympic Champions on cereal boxes, but if this was the cover of cereal boxes, would we give up cereal, or give up war?
We put Olympic Champions on cereal boxes, but if this was the cover of cereal boxes, would we give up cereal, or give up war? | Source

And a Community Mourns for the Family

As the 2012 Olympics drew to a close, we learned a young soldier in my town was killed in Afghanistan.

The world celebrated the gold medal winners that weekend. Some of our champions might even have been disappointed bringing home anything less than a gold medal, but they came home. A family in my community learned their son will posthumously get a purple heart medal, all they wanted is for their son to come home.

The Olympians are young and strong, as are our soldiers. The Olympians work hard, train hard, and sacrifice much. Our soldiers work hard, train hard and sacrifice much. If the world had more Olympics and less war, the world would be a better place.

Marine Lance Corporal Greg T. Buckley Jr. was 21 years old. On August 10, 2012, when his duties of the day were over, he and several other marines were exercising in a gymnasium on their base in Afghanistan. Wearing just a tee shirt and shorts, he, and 2 other marines, Corporal Richard Rivera,20 and Staff Sgt Scott Dickinson 29, were shot by an Afghani with an AK-47.

A Community Mourns

The Flag at half staff at the local high school
The Flag at half staff at the local high school | Source

Green on Blue Attacks - We Must Question Why We Put Our Soldiers in This Danger!

How did this Afghani get the gun?

According to Greg’s father, the Afghanis come down from the mountains and tell our military they want to be police officers to protect their village. There are no background checks, we don't really know much about them.

We let them onto our military bases. We have our soldiers train them. We hand them weapons and they turn these guns on our own troops.

These marines had just had a meal with the Afghani. After they ate, they decided to work out in the gymnasium. They all walked into the gym together. The Afghan”police officer”, walked out of the gym, and returned with the Ak-47, firing upon the unarmed soldiers. Buckley and his best friend and another soldier from his base in Hawaii, had no chance to defend themselves.

Last year, there were 24 similar attacks, this year there have been over 25 and the assaults are continuing. These attacks are known as "green on blue attacks", because the Afghans are given blue uniforms and then turn these weapons on our military. .

Click on the Greg Buckley Jr Memorial Facebook Page to show your support to stop the war!

Spare your community from sorrow. It hurts to have a local face on a foreign war.
Spare your community from sorrow. It hurts to have a local face on a foreign war. | Source

Help Bring Our Troops Home Now. Show Your Support

Greg Buckley Sr wants this to stop, and to bring our troops home. He feels our government has turned their back and betrayed our troops, men and women who volunteered to do the right thing for our country. He is looking to get 20 million hits on Greg Buckley Jr. memorial page on facebook, so that he can get the attention of our politicians.

He hopes our government will see that Americans want our soldiers home now.

War, No More.

Please click on this page to show your support and help put end to this war, so that no other family, no community has to deal with this sorrow, this anguish, this pain.

To see a mother whose tears will never dry, to comfort a father whose heart is broken forever, to see brothers who lost their best friend, to comfort this family, it is not possible. They are forever scarred by a war that serves no purpose.

But your support might just save the life of someone you know, and allow that soldier to walk off a plane into the loving arms of their waiting family.

Please honor Greg Buckley Jr. and all are fallen troops. Please click here and share his memorial facebook page with as many people as you can and maybe our government will hear us.

Years after the Olympics are over, we can still recall the names of the champions.

Days after we lose a war hero, how many people remember the soldier’s name?

War No More - Save American Families from the Heartaches of War


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    • Eiddwen profile image

      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Wonderfully covered and thanks for sharing

      Enjoy your day.


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      vinayak1000 5 years ago from Minneapolis

      Definitely a Hub that we need to read as a country

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      toknowinfo 5 years ago

      Hi Barbara, Thanks for your very sensitive comments. I hope you will go to Greg Buckley Jr. Memorial Facebook page to like and share it. They family is looking for enough people to get the attention of our politicians so they can bring our troops home sooner than 2014. I would appreciate you helping this family with their purpose. Thanks so much.

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      b. Malin 5 years ago

      Wonderful, but Sad Reminder Toknowinfo. War, is what it is, and in the end, it is our Soldiers who suffer the most while keeping us Safe. My Heart goes out to all their Loved ones who hold their breath, and say a silent prayer every time they listen to the news. These are Wonderful Men and Women, who serve our Country and should always be remembered and prayed for.

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      toknowinfo 5 years ago

      Hi Audrey, War is terrible for everyone involved, and if our government could make as much profits from producing quilts as they do producing weapons, more good happen from sending our military to foreign lands. I hope you will tell others about the facebook memorial page for Greg Buckley Jr. His family wants our govt to listen and bring the troops home now. We can only do this, through a unified voice.

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      Audrey Kirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

      Rhonda--I agree with you 100%--it makes no sense that we as Americans just go on like nothing is happening in the world. While I do 100% support our troops, I also feel so badly for the other countries. My mom told me about a story just last night - how people here in the US were making quilts to send to our troops that had been injured. Which was cool--I have a best friend who does quilts for cancer survivors.

      But the point my mom made was really good--why aren't we making quilts for all the children who are orphans and who are losing eyes or arms or legs in these countries---why aren't we sending comfort quilts to all the moms and dads who lose their boys to war in other countries--or granddads, etc.? War isn't selective--everyone loses. I worry that we are indeed becoming nothing but a military nation and that is ALL that we can do with ourselves--go to war and hurt other people--and our very own--our best and our brightest in many cases.

      Great article and I admire you for doing it!

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      toknowinfo 5 years ago

      Hi Amy, I appreciate your comments. It is no surprise that this war is non productive, most wars are. The business of war says the high cost of human life in war are unimportant compared to the profits gained from these conflicts. There is no money in peace, and so those who hold the gold rule. War is about money and power. Denying equality is about the same thing.

      Thank you so much for your kind words about my writing. I hope you will go to Greg Buckley Memorial Facebook page to like and share, so we can get the numbers high enough to call attention to our politicians.

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      Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Very well-conceived, well-articulated, relatable article, toknowinfo, that draws a perfect analogy and honest depiction of the differences in our gratitude to the celebrated Olympians and our oft forgotten American heroes. I think our gov't is remiss in admitting the mistake of a prolonged, non-productive war. Usually, in society, when the losses outweigh the purpose, it is chalked up to an error in judgement and curtailed at that point, and, then, other ideas are implemented to better suit a favorable outcome. When the stakes are young, human lifes, it is unfathomable, inhumane and counterproductive, in my opinion, to continue in the same vein. If the middle east wanted democracy, if they found value and chose to emulate our philosophy, they are capable of making that happen. They have already illustrated their determination in accomplishing the 9/11 atrocity. But, business as usual prevails and just like the mishandled mortgage crisis, our gov't finds it easier to let the American citizens bear the losses that they claim victory for or, in these abominable decisions, proceed to absolve themselves of responsibility. It is that arrogance and insistence that the rest of the world do as we do that creates the hatred that proliferates war. It is the same superiority that denied equality to all races for years, necessitating the need for laws toward civil rights. And, even today, there is a lack of civility towards differences where I still see the Ugly American.

      Thank you, toknowinfo, for a beautiful, strong piece of writing that says what all of us need to carefully think about and understand with our minds, hearts and consciences.

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      toknowinfo 5 years ago

      Hi Pd, Sadly and unfortunately, it might be true. I live in NY, and after 9/11, it certainly was that way. For myself, I have met many people from the Middle East so I don't feel that way. I take each person on their own merits. But I do feel America does not belong there. And the only peace , co-existence, and chance, we all have is to stop the war, get the US troops home and start anew, with fresh ideas about helping another. But war brings money, and power, and control, and people have little value to government and big business. Before any more lives are lost, troops deployed, guns handed over to anyone, everyone should stand in the room with a grieving family, to feel their heavy hearts, to see them hurt so deeply, to know they will never be the same again. War is horrible for everyone involved. Even the troops who get to come home, they are never the same. We need to get out of there sooner, rather than later.

    • profile image 5 years ago

      This hub left me feeling sad TKI - very sad. Senseless killing - you wonder what is in people's heads - another story about being given trust by the US then turning on them - one of the greatest tragedies (or travesties) from this story is that THE REPUTATION that is accumulated with every terrorist act. This REPUTATION affects the innocent members in communities - it goes before all well intentioned Afghanis or any others people for that matter from the middle east whose countries have been associated with terrorist acts. How is anyone ever going to trust an Arab again? No matter how long or hard they may try to make amends or befriend Americans - a REPUTATION of broken trust goes before them and gets further entrenched - slimming further the already frail chance of being regarded with anything but suspicion and underhandedness. Thanks terrorists for your great service to Arabs everywhere!

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      toknowinfo 5 years ago

      Hi Guest,

      Thank you for your kind comments and for liking and sharing the memorial facebook page. Anything we can do to bring our troops home is appreciated by us all.

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      toknowinfo 5 years ago

      Thank you Amilar, I value your humble opinion.

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      amillar 5 years ago from Scotland, UK

      This is a good piece of work toknowinfo. These endless wars are ruinous, illegal and unnecessary IMHO.

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      toknowinfo 5 years ago

      Hi Tom,

      Thanks for your comments. I hope you will go on the Memorial Facebook Page and like and share it, so that we can do our part to let our government know, it is senseless to keep losing our brave and our strong. Thanks for the up votes and sharing this important hub. All the best to you, my friend.

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      toknowinfo 5 years ago

      Hi Anonymous, Thank you for your reading and commenting on this article. It is very important that we do what we can for our troops. They serve and protect us, and deserve to any protection we can give them too.

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi my friend this is such a awesome and beautifully written hub and it has a very important message has well . Remember those who gave their life in the name of freedom !

      Well done and vote up !!! SHARING !

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      Guest 5 years ago

      I was searching the web as this incident has greatly touched my community. Thank you for writing such a thoughtful article about a fallen hero. I went to the memorial page on Facebook and liked it. I encourage others to do the same. It is worth it. That small act makes me feel like we are supporting the family and as a community can have our voices heard.

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      Anonymous 5 years ago

      This is a very touching hub that has truly made me reconsider why we regard Olympians as heroes. Peaceful competition is not the same as sending our bravest and best to face the enemy head on. Our military bases are supposed to be safe and I have a hard time understanding why we are giving these Afghanis access to our base only to attack our soliders when they are most vulnerable. It saddens me to hear these type of attacks are on the rise and I can only hope we get our troops out of there soon.